100 Bible Verses about Burying The Dead

Acts 2:29 ESV / 58 helpful votes

“Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.

Daniel 12:2 ESV / 58 helpful votes

And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

James 2:26 ESV / 43 helpful votes

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

Deuteronomy 21:23 ESV / 35 helpful votes

His body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall bury him the same day, for a hanged man is cursed by God. You shall not defile your land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance.

Genesis 23:4 ESV / 34 helpful votes

“I am a sojourner and foreigner among you; give me property among you for a burying place, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.”

Genesis 3:19 ESV / 29 helpful votes

By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Matthew 8:22 ESV / 28 helpful votes

And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”

John 19:40 ESV / 25 helpful votes

So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.

Luke 9:60-62 ESV / 25 helpful votes

And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

1 Corinthians 15:1-58 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. ...

John 5:28 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice

Luke 9:60 ESV / 23 helpful votes

And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

Ecclesiastes 6:3 ESV / 23 helpful votes

If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with life's good things, and he also has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.

Acts 2:34 ESV / 22 helpful votes

For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand,

John 3:16 ESV / 21 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Isaiah 57:1-2 ESV / 19 helpful votes

The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart; devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from calamity; he enters into peace; they rest in their beds who walk in their uprightness.

Job 7:9 ESV / 19 helpful votes

As the cloud fades and vanishes, so he who goes down to Sheol does not come up;

Luke 16:19-31 ESV / 18 helpful votes

“There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. ...

Jeremiah 25:33 ESV / 17 helpful votes

“And those pierced by the Lord on that day shall extend from one end of the earth to the other. They shall not be lamented, or gathered, or buried; they shall be dung on the surface of the ground.

1 Kings 11:15 ESV / 14 helpful votes

For when David was in Edom, and Joab the commander of the army went up to bury the slain, he struck down every male in Edom

Psalm 89:48 ESV / 13 helpful votes

What man can live and never see death? Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah

Ecclesiastes 12:7 ESV / 12 helpful votes

And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Psalm 146:4 ESV / 12 helpful votes

When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.

Psalm 115:17 ESV / 12 helpful votes

The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any who go down into silence.

Ephesians 2:1 ESV / 11 helpful votes

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins

John 19:31 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away.

John 11:39 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.”

John 11:1-57 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. ...

Luke 23:43 ESV / 11 helpful votes

And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Luke 9:59-60 ESV / 11 helpful votes

To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

Luke 9:59 ESV / 11 helpful votes

To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”

Matthew 8:21 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”

Ezekiel 39:12 ESV / 11 helpful votes

For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them, in order to cleanse the land.

Jeremiah 16:4 ESV / 11 helpful votes

They shall die of deadly diseases. They shall not be lamented, nor shall they be buried. They shall be as dung on the surface of the ground. They shall perish by the sword and by famine, and their dead bodies shall be food for the birds of the air and for the beasts of the earth.

Isaiah 26:19 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead.

Genesis 50:7 ESV / 11 helpful votes

So Joseph went up to bury his father. With him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his household, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,

Genesis 50:5 ESV / 11 helpful votes

My father made me swear, saying, ‘I am about to die: in my tomb that I hewed out for myself in the land of Canaan, there shall you bury me.’ Now therefore, let me please go up and bury my father. Then I will return.”

Genesis 49:29 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Then he commanded them and said to them, “I am to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,

Genesis 23:6 ESV / 11 helpful votes

“Hear us, my lord; you are a prince of God among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will withhold from you his tomb to hinder you from burying your dead.”

Jude 1:6 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—

1 John 4:4 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Matthew 27:7 ESV / 10 helpful votes

So they took counsel and bought with them the potter's field as a burial place for strangers.

Job 17:16 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Will it go down to the bars of Sheol? Shall we descend together into the dust?”

John 11:25 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,

Mark 16:16 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Psalm 16:10 ESV / 9 helpful votes

For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.

2 Kings 9:35-37 ESV / 9 helpful votes

But when they went to bury her, they found no more of her than the skull and the feet and the palms of her hands. When they came back and told him, he said, “This is the word of the Lord, which he spoke by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, ‘In the territory of Jezreel the dogs shall eat the flesh of Jezebel, and the corpse of Jezebel shall be as dung on the face of the field in the territory of Jezreel, so that no one can say, This is Jezebel.’”

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

Hebrews 9:27 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,

2 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

1 Timothy 6:15-16 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 8 helpful votes

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

1 Timothy 4:1 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,

Philippians 1:23 ESV / 8 helpful votes

I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.

2 Corinthians 11:14 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

2 Corinthians 5:8 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:55 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

1 Corinthians 15:51-54 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

1 Corinthians 15:50-57 ESV / 8 helpful votes

I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” ...

1 Corinthians 15:29 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf?

1 Corinthians 15:20-23 ESV / 8 helpful votes

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.

Romans 7:4 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.

Romans 6:4 ESV / 8 helpful votes

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Acts 16:9 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”

Acts 8:2 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him.

John 20:17 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

John 11:11-14 ESV / 8 helpful votes

After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died,

John 5:28-29 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.

Luke 7:14 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”

Mark 15:42-46 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the Council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died. And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph. And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

Mark 14:8 ESV / 8 helpful votes

She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial.

Matthew 27:57-60 ESV / 8 helpful votes

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.

Matthew 25:46 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Luke 12:32 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Ezekiel 39:11 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“On that day I will give to Gog a place for burial in Israel, the Valley of the Travelers, east of the sea. It will block the travelers, for there Gog and all his multitude will be buried. It will be called the Valley of Hamon-gog.

Psalm 30:3 ESV / 7 helpful votes

O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.

1 Kings 2:9 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Now therefore do not hold him guiltless, for you are a wise man. You will know what you ought to do to him, and you shall bring his gray head down with blood to Sheol.”

James 1:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Romans 6:3-4 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

John 3:13 ESV / 6 helpful votes

No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.

John 3:6 ESV / 6 helpful votes

That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Luke 14:27 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.

Matthew 22:39 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 22:31-32 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.”

Matthew 17:20 ESV / 6 helpful votes

He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 14:12 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And his disciples came and took the body and buried it, and they went and told Jesus.

Matthew 8:21-22 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”

Jonah 2:2 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Saying, “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice.

Amos 2:1 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because he burned to lime the bones of the king of Edom.

Hosea 9:6 ESV / 6 helpful votes

For behold, they are going away from destruction; but Egypt shall gather them; Memphis shall bury them. Nettles shall possess their precious things of silver; thorns shall be in their tents.

Ezekiel 39:14 ESV / 6 helpful votes

They will set apart men to travel through the land regularly and bury those travelers remaining on the face of the land, so as to cleanse it. At the end of seven months they will make their search.

Ezekiel 39:13 ESV / 6 helpful votes

All the people of the land will bury them, and it will bring them renown on the day that I show my glory, declares the Lord God.

Ezekiel 18:20 ESV / 6 helpful votes

The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.

Jeremiah 19:11 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: So will I break this people and this city, as one breaks a potter's vessel, so that it can never be mended. Men shall bury in Topheth because there will be no place else to bury.

Jeremiah 14:16 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem, victims of famine and sword, with none to bury them—them, their wives, their sons, and their daughters. For I will pour out their evil upon them.

Jeremiah 7:32 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when it will no more be called Topheth, or the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter; for they will bury in Topheth, because there is no room elsewhere.

Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 ESV / 6 helpful votes

For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished, and forever they have no more share in all that is done under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 9:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten.

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